The Bend Fire Department is expected in force for a memorial to one of its own Saturday, interim Fire Chief Larry Langston said.
Engineer Aaron Beatty was found dead April 27 at his home on the 20000 block of Mini Lane, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death is under investigation, said sheriff’s Capt. Tim Edwards.
“It looked like an accident,” Langston said.
The department, 84 strong, is expected at Beatty’s memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westside Church, 2051 N.W. Shevlin Park Road, Bend. Firefighters from Redmond, La Pine, Sisters, Sunriver and Prineville have offered to cover the city while the service is underway, Langston said.
Beatty’s colleagues were struck hard by his death, the chief said. A department honor guard and pipes and drums band are expected to attend the service.
A graduate of Bend High, Beatty, 36, had a reputation as a meticulous engineer, the crew member responsible for driving the truck and operating its onboard pumps. “He knew the trucks inside and out,” Langston said.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Bend Fire Fighters Association.